pre-operative surgical instructions

  • It is very important that the stomach be empty at the time of surgery for the patient’s safety under anesthesia. Liquids, foods, and some medications in the stomach may cause vomiting and aspiration into the lungs, causing serious complications during surgery.
  • Parents or guardians of children should continuously observe the child and make absolutely certain there is no food or liquids consumed. It is the responsibility of the patient and/or parent or guardian to follow this vital precaution of NOTHING BY MOUTH. Do not consume alcoholic beverages or smoke for 24 hours prior to surgery.
  • If you are scheduled for a morning surgery, take nothing by mouth after midnight. Do not eat or drink anything for breakfast before coming to the office.
  • If you are scheduled for an afternoon surgery, we ask that you have nothing to eat or drink for six hours prior to the surgical appointment. For appointments in the afternoon, a light breakfast can be taken by mouth. Please do not use milk products as it can be unsettling to the stomach.
  • If you are taking prescription medications, please contact our office regarding their use. In most situations, we ask that you take your regular medications with sips of water, drinking as little as possible to take those medications. Patients on blood thinners or medications for diabetes require special instructions and must contact the office prior to surgery.
  • Women who are using oral contraceptives should be cautioned to use an additional means of contraception during the period of antibiotic use after surgery and for the remainder of the menstrual cycle affected.
  • Notify our office if you develop a cold, sore throat, cough, fever or any other illness prior to surgery.
  • Wear loose-fitting clothing: sleeves should be easily rolled up past the elbow. Do not wear elevated heels or flip flops. All patients should remove their contact lenses before surgery. Women should remove all makeup and jewelry prior to surgery.
  • Patients must be accompanied by an adult to provide transportation as patients cannot drive or take public transport home following anesthesia. Escorts are asked to be present before treatment begins and accessible during surgery. There is a 24 hour answering service which can reach a doctor after hours if any post-operative concerns arise. It is important for the patient to be observed by a responsible adult for the duration of the day of surgery.
  • Following anesthesia, patients should not plan to drive an automobile, operate dangerous machinery or undertake any responsible business matters until the next morning. A well balanced diet is essential to rapid healing. We recommend that the patient start their post-operative diet using clear liquids. It would be helpful to have 7-Up or a suitable substitute on hand after the surgery. Additionally, depending on the procedure, soups and broths may be used.
  • If you are traveling a distance, a pillow and a towel make make your post-operative travel more comfortable.
  • If you have any questions about these instructions, please call our office at Oral & Facial Reconstructive Surgeons of Utah SLC Office Phone Number 801-262-7447.

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